Blaustein family gives $2 million to Hopkins

February 25, 1994|By From Staff Reports

The family of the late Morton K. Blaustein has pledged $2 million to Johns Hopkins University to endow a professorship in earth and planetary sciences.

Mr. Blaustein, a Baltimore executive who died in 1990, received a degree in geology from Hopkins in 1950 and a doctorate in petroleum geology from Stanford University.

"He had a lifelong interest in this area," said David Hirschhorn, Mr. Blaustein's brother-in-law and president of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation.

"What our foundation did was primarily to carry out what we knew were the wishes of Morton Blaustein," he added.

The endowed professorship will be held by the chairman of the earth and planetary sciences department, which is the successor to the geology department.

The chair and the department will be named for Mr. Blaustein.

The gift also will help pay for research equipment and other activities within the department.

Hopkins President William C. Richardson thanked Mr. Blaustein's widow, Jane, and other members of the family.

"This is the most appropriate way I can think of to recognize Morton's many years of service to this university, his generosity and his personal commitment to the department," Dr. Richardson said.

Hopkins has begun a long-range campaign to raise more than $750 million, and the Blaustein gift will count toward that goal.

It also will trigger a $2 million matching gift from the Zanvyl and Isabel Krieger Fund.

Under terms of a 1992 pledge, the fund will match as much as $50 million in donations to the university's endowment for arts and sciences.

Mr. Blaustein was chairman and chief executive officer of American Trading and Production Corp., a family business with interests in energy and other industries.

Several Hopkins units bear the Blaustein family name, such as the Jacob Blaustein Center for Ophthalmological Research at the Wilmer Eye Institute.

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